WC men split two at Maryville Invitational

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Wilmington College men’s soccer team fell to 1-1 on the season with a 2-1 loss to Maryville Saturday at the Maryville Invitational.

WC posted a 2-1 win in two overtimes on Friday as Willie Winald’s first collegiate goal was the game-winner in the 100th minute of the match.

On Saturday, Wilmington had two disallowed goals in the first five minutes of the game, according to head coach Bud Lewis.

“We started strong and really played strong for 90 minutes,” said head coach Bud Lewis. “You have to give (Maryville) credit; they are a good team – a NCAA tournament team last year. We battled hard, but unfortunately, we couldn’t connect on our chances.”

“I am proud of our team; we showed character. It was a tough loss, but we gained confidence that we could play with good teams.”

Winald scored the team’s only goal for the second straight game. After Wilmington knocked the ball around in the box following a corner kick, Winald found the back of the net.

Senior Chris Bourque recorded three saves on five shots to absorb the loss.

Wilmington (1-1) travels to Denison 7 p.m. Tuesday in non-conference action.

On Friday, the Quakers battled some adversity — late arrival and remnants of Hurricane Harvey — to pick up a victory.

“I am really proud of how (the team) responded,” said Lewis. “We arrived 90 minutes before game time and we played the first 20 minutes like we traveled for seven hours.”

Senior Nils Asteberg played a pass to Winald near midfield and Winald connected on a pass with sophomore Roman Kirschner. The midfielder went to work in the open space, eventually centering a pass back to the charging Winald, who deposited the golden goal into the back of the net.

Wilmington came out a little sluggish as weather hampered their traveling plans and left the Fightin’ Quakers with little time to shake off the long ride. The Scots took advantage by taking the early lead in the 19th minute.

The Fightin’ Quakers found the equalizer in the 63rd minute as junior Treshaun Pate scored off a free kick from junior Benny Spirk.

In his first collegiate game in goal, Bourque finished with three saves to earn the victory.

“We had some solid performances from Bourque and Tommy Logan,” said Lewis.

The win gave Lewis his 499th career coaching win.

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